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in·stinct

 (ĭn′stĭngkt′)
n.
1. An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli: the spawning instinct in salmon; altruistic instincts in social animals.
2. A powerful motivation or impulse.
3. An innate capability or aptitude: an instinct for tact and diplomacy.
adj. (ĭn-stĭngkt′)
1. Deeply filled or imbued: words instinct with love.
2. Obsolete Impelled from within.

[Middle English, from Latin īnstīnctus, impulse, from past participle of īnstinguere, to incite : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + stinguere, to prick; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

instinct

n
1. (Biology) the innate capacity of an animal to respond to a given stimulus in a relatively fixed way
2. inborn intuitive power
3. a natural and apparently innate aptitude
adj
rare
a. animated or impelled (by)
b. imbued or infused (with)
[C15: from Latin instinctus roused, from instinguere to incite; compare instigate]

in•stinct1

(ˈɪn stɪŋkt)

n.
1. an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
2. a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
3. a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money.
4. natural intuitive power.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin instinctus prompting, instigation, enthusiasm =*insting(uere) (in- in-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick; see distinct) + -tus suffix of v. action]

in•stinct2

(ɪnˈstɪŋkt)

adj.
filled or infused with some animating principle (usu. fol. by with): instinct with life.
[1530–40; < Latin instinctus excited, roused, inspired, past participle of *insting(u)ere; see instinct1]

in·stinct

(ĭn′stĭngkt′)
An inherited tendency of an organism or species to behave in a certain way that is usually a reaction to something in the environment and that fulfills a basic need. Examples of behaviors that are the result of instinct include nest-building in birds, spawning in fish, and food-gathering in insects.

instinct

Inherited behavior that is not dependent on experience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instinct - inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
id - (psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity
aptitude - inherent ability
Adj.1.instinct - (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated; "imbued with the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with love"; "it is replete with misery"
full - containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; "a full glass"; "a sky full of stars"; "a full life"; "the auditorium was full to overflowing"

instinct

noun
1. natural inclination, feeling, urge, talent, tendency, faculty, inclination, intuition, knack, aptitude, predisposition, sixth sense, proclivity, gut reaction (informal), second sight I didn't have a strong maternal instinct.
2. talent, skill, gift, capacity, bent, genius, faculty, knack, aptitude She has a natural instinct to perform.
3. intuition, feeling, impulse, gut feeling (informal), sixth sense I should have gone with my first instinct.

instinct

noun
1. An innate capability:
2. The power to discern the true nature of a person or situation:
Translations
غَرِيزَةٌغَريزَه
instinktpud
instinkt
vaisto
instinktnagon
ösztön
eîlishvöt
本能
본능
instinktasinstinktyviaiinstinktyvus
instinkts
inštinkt
nagon
instinkt
สัญชาตญาณ
içgüdüinsiyaksevkitabii
bản năng

instinct

A. [ˈɪnstɪŋkt] Ninstinto m
the instinct for self-preservationel instinto de conservación or supervivencia
by instinctpor instinto
she had an instinct for attracting the wrong type of manse las pintaba sola para atraer al tipo de hombre que no le convenía
B. [ɪnˈstɪŋkt] ADJ (liter) instinct withlleno de, imbuido de

instinct

[ˈɪnstɪŋkt] n
(biological)instinct m
maternal instinct → l'instinct maternel
survival instinct → l'instinct de survie killer instinct
(= inclination) → instinct m
All my instincts were against accepting her offer → Tous mes instincts me criaient de décliner l'offre.
My first instinct was to resign → Mon premier instinct fut de démissionner.

instinct

nInstinkt m; the sex/survival instinctder Geschlechts-/Überlebenstrieb; by or from instinctinstinktiv; to have an instinct for business, to have a good business instincteinen ausgeprägten Geschäftssinn or -instinkt haben; to follow one’s instinctssich auf seinen Instinkt verlassen
adj (liter) instinct witherfüllt von

instinct

[ˈɪnstɪŋkt] nistinto
by instinct → per istinto, istintivamente

instinct

(ˈinstiŋkt) noun
a natural tendency to behave or react in a particular way, without thinking and without having been taught. As winter approaches, swallows fly south from Britain by instinct; He has an instinct for saying the right thing.
inˈstinctive (-tiv) adjective
arising from instinct or from a natural ability. Blinking our eyes is an instinctive reaction when something suddenly comes close to them; I couldn't help putting my foot on the brake when I saw the other car coming towards me – it was instinctive.
inˈstinctively adverb

instinct

غَرِيزَةٌ instinkt instinkt Instinkt ένστικτο instinto vaisto instinct instinkt istinto 本能 본능 instinct instinkt instynkt instinto инстинкт instinkt สัญชาตญาณ içgüdü bản năng 本能

in·stinct

n. instinto.

instinct

n instinto
References in classic literature ?
Instincts comparable with habits, but different in their origin -- Instincts graduated -- Aphides and ants -- Instincts variable -- Domestic instincts, their origin -- Natural instincts of the cuckoo, ostrich, and parasitic bees -- Slave-making ants -- Hive-bee, its cell-making instinct - - Difficulties on the theory of the Natural Selection of instincts -- Neuter or sterile insects -- Summary.
Actions of this kind, with which instinct and volition enter upon equal terms, have been called 'semi-reflex.
First, the instinct of imitation is implanted in man from childhood, one difference between him and other animals being that he is the most imitative of living creatures, and through imitation learns his earliest lessons; and no less universal is the pleasure felt in things imitated.
If I should catch you by the throat, thus,"--his hand was about my throat and my breath was shut off,--"and began to press the life out of you thus, and thus, your instinct of immortality will go glimmering, and your instinct of life, which is longing for life, will flutter up, and you will struggle to save yourself.
It was this: I asked myself whether there was not in his soul some deep-rooted instinct of creation, which the circumstances of his life had obscured, but which grew relentlessly, as a cancer may grow in the living tissues, till at last it took possession of his whole being and forced him irresistibly to action.
An instinct is merely a habit that is stamped into the stuff of our heredity, that is all.
Do you remember affirming that if a crime had been committed, and anyone you loved had been murdered, you felt certain that you would know by instinct who the criminal was, even if you were quite unable to prove it?
Every instinct of his nature would have impelled him to dash wildly away, had there not suddenly and for the first time arisen in him another and counter instinct.
Tennyson was too sincere to evade the issue, and after years of inner struggle he arrived at a positive faith in the central principles of Christianity, broadly interpreted, though it was avowedly a faith based on instinct and emotional need rather than on unassailable reasoning.
My perfected friend," he said, "my parental instinct recognises in you a noble evidence and illustration of the theory of development.
Sir, my instinct told me that those people were assembled there for some bad purpose; and I was reflecting on what my instinct had told me, in the darkest corner of the stable, when a man wrapped in a cloak and followed by two other men, came in.
It is only an instinct on my part, and no doubt the instinct is wrong.